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How to Make a Painkiller.

Image credit: Soggy Dollar Bar, home of the original Painkiller

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the Painkiller is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, drinks on the island. It’s a sweet concoction of orange juice, pineapple juice, a coconut mixer, and, of course, a lot of rum. Fresh nutmeg is typically grated on top, and voila! You have yourself the perfect island drink.

I get asked quite often how to make a Painkiller. I am by no means a bartender, so I typically defer to my other half, The Mike Hedy, who bartends over at The Beach Bar in Cruz Bay. (Feel free to click this link to check out The Beach Bar’s bar webcam. You can watch him work tonight if you’re bored! haha) The Beach Bar keeps their recipe under wraps, but the bar that invented this famous island drink has just released the original recipe.

Soggy Dollar Bar, a great little spot located over in Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, shared its recipe with Forbes magazine in an article published last week. This is a pretty big deal in my opinion, considering that Soggy Dollar invented the Painkiller drink back in the 1970s. So here it is, folks. The moment you’ve all been waiting for… Drum roll, please!

How to Make a Painkiller, according to Soggy Dollar Bar


  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz Coco Lopez
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • Freshly grated Grenadian nutmeg
  • Optional: Pineapple wedge or orange wheel for garnish


  1. Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice
  2. Combine rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple, and orange juice.
  3. Pour over ice
  4. Garnish with freshly grated Grenadian nutmeg

Optional Direction #5:

  • If it’s winter, crank the heat. If it’s summer, sit out in the sun. Perhaps put Soggy Dollar’s webcam on your TV, and enjoy.

Always drink responsibly. Cheers!

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  2. Lynnda W

    I was always told that the Painkiller recipe was created by Pusser’s. Their recipe is similar, but calls for 4 oz pineapple juice.

  3. Lea C Holder

    I love the Painkiller…I also had a different version of it at Soggy Dollar in the past… they called it the ‘Nilla Killa…used vanilla flavoring of some sort. Does anyone know the recipe for it?

  4. Helen Downing

    Having had both Soggy Dollar’s and Beach Bar’s versions of the drink, hands down I go with Beach Bar’s PainKiller for the favorite!!

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